“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic” – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (World Health Organization Director-General)
With the coronavirus sweeping the globe and claiming 786,000 deaths worldwide as of 31st March 2020, conspiracy theories and rumours have started taking a life of their own on social media platforms and other outlets.
Most individuals turn to the Internet as the medium to seek for news or better understand the complexities of the virus. Unfortunately, the Internet space is infected with misinformation and an indistinct disregard for credible news versus fake news.
Some of these blatantly outrageous fake news include COVID-19 home-made remedies (brace yourself as you read), such as the consumption of volcanic ash to the supposed virtues of chloroquine. All of these are INCONCLUSIVE!
But when President Donald Trump tweeted that chloroquine had “a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”, it makes you wonder who do you trust?
At Blue Phish, we deeply care about the security and safety of every Internet users. Hence, we have put together an infographic with tips and advices shared by the World Economic Forum.
Do follow the World Health Organisation and your country’s health and safety websites for credible and reliable news information.
Meanwhile, do stay safe!